February2008


Dunkin Donuts is Taking Another Piece of the Coffee Pie

Posted on February 26th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Dunkin Donuts just decided to start offering 99 cent espresso drinks to the masses. This is a move that is surely creating headaches for Starbucks execs. Starbucks actually closed their stores for three hours to retrain all of their baristas. Which is a move that Starbucks says is to keep the quality of their drinks better than everyone else’s, but I have a feeling that they are feeling the heat from all of these big chains adding espresso to their mix.

This year is certainly the year that Starbucks needs to reinvent themselves or they are going to lose a lot of business in the long run. Anyone who enjoys their espresso knows that it is NOT the same everywhere and that there is a science and art to creating espresso drink, but there are more people that will get their … Read More »


Then and Now – A Look Back In Time Of Some Of Our Favorite Restaurants

Posted on February 8th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

This is a look back at the websites of some of our favorite restaurants websites. We used the Wayback Machine and looked up as far back as we could and compared them to todays websites.

McDonalds 1997 – Now

Starbucks 2001 – Now

Burger King 1999 – Now

Applebees 2000 – Now

Chilis 1998 – Now

Hooters 1995 – Now

Waffle House 1999 – Now

Red Lobster 1996 – Now

Pizza Hut 1996 – Now


Restaurants are gonna start charging us more money

Posted on February 6th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

It looks like more and more restaurants are posting flat or worse same-store sales and this could be a big problem for us…the consumers. Places like McDonalds may be able to avoid charging us more money due to their huge resources and the fact that they have diversified and have locations abroad.

But, what happens to those restaurants that don’t have those resources and multiple streams of income? I know….they begin to charge more money so that they can post increases in sales to their shareholders and keep Wall Street happy.

Look at what restaurant giant Cracker Barrel is doing. Cracker Barrel, I’m sure worried about posting slackening sales bumped up the prices of their menu by about 3.2% and then posted higher sales numbers….not by generating more business, but by charging more.

This is something I can see happening at more restaurants … Read More »


More on those Burger Wars

Posted on February 3rd, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Burger King posted a 4.2% same-store sales increase unlike McDonalds who posted flat same-store sales during December. I think that this could play out interestingly with my Burger War prediction.

So McDonalds execs see that Burger King and the Whopper are outperforming them and then begin to promote the Big Mac hard-core…which they need to do anyways. Honestly, doesn’t everyone laugh at the Burger King Commercials? The King commercials were hilarious and now the new Whopper Freak-Out commercials are friggen hilarious too.

What is the last good McDonalds commercial you can think of?…. Can you think of a good one. I actually cannot think of one.

You know what that means? McDonalds advertising is not effective.

Anyways, so because the execs see this trend they fire their current advertising company and hire a new edgy company and start promoting the hell out of the … Read More »


It could be illegal to feed fat people

Posted on February 2nd, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Excuse me sir….Did you just feed that fat person? That’s what I thought. You have the right to remain silent…etc

Is it me…or does that sound completely ridiculous? Well, as ridiculous as it sounds three legislators want to make it illegal for restaurants to feed obese people in Mississippi. House bill # 282 would make it possible for restaurants to lose their licenses if they were found to be repeatedly serving fat people. I’m not sure how many restaurants would get hurt by a bill like this, but I can assure you that companies like McDonalds and Burger King won’t allow legislation like this to pass without a fight.

Also look back at my preivous post on The more fast food restaurants there are the fatter we get.



McDonalds Vs Starbucks

Posted on February 1st, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

With the Coffee wars on their way we decided to put a couple of tools together to see where the battles may be at their thickest. First off you can check how many McDonalds restaurants are in your area by checking out our McDonalds Density Chart.

Then if you want to see were the coffee wars will be the most brutal use the McDonalds Vs. Starbucks chart.

Just for fun here are some of our favorite cities

1. New York

2. Boston

3. Bevery Hills

4. Chicago

5. Miami

Beverly Hills is the only place that has more Starbucks than McDonalds (Go Figure) and Miami has way more McDonalds than Starbucks…which I thought was surprising. Check out your own area and see how it turns out






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